Sarah Coyte, the South Australia and Adelaide Strikers allrounder, is seeking better balance in life after announcing her retirement from all forms of the game at the age of 25. Her decision arrived a year after she stepped down from international duty with the Southern Stars to combat mental health issues.
“The last two seasons with the Scorpions and the Strikers have been the best and most fun of my career,” she said. “I will miss the girls so much; I have really enjoyed being around them. I want to thank SACA for everything they have done for me and the support they have offered during some hard times.
“I am going home to Sydney to be close to my family and restore some balance to my life. I have been realising lately how much I have missed my family and it is finally time for me to go home.
I am not going back home to play for New South Wales, I am leaving domestic cricket altogether to refocus on myself and my loved ones.”
“Since joining SA, Sarah has had such a great influence over the young players, especially in terms of her commitment to strength and conditioning,” the Scorpions coach Andrea McCauley said. “She really led the way for the younger Scorps and showed them just what it takes to be an elite athlete.
“It’s disappointing to lose such a quality player. I have enjoyed having Sarah as part of the group for the past two seasons but it’s so important that she looks after herself and does whatever it is she wants to do with her life next. I truly wish her all the best for this new chapter.”